Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
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Firefox Launches 'Send,' a Free, Encrypted File Transfer Service

Firefox Launches 'Send,' a Free, Encrypted File Transfer Service

Users can set files to expire after a certain period of time, or after a certain number of downloads.

Firefox Send has been available as a "Test Pilot" experiment since August 2017, but it took Mozilla some time to iron out all the kinks and ensure that the service will work for more than a handful of people at a time. You can try out Firefox Send here. As an added layer of security, users can protect their file transfers with a password. Mozilla today also announced the launch of Firefox Send beta for Android devices. Now, the tool has its own website, which lets you easily send files up to 2.5GB in size (with an account) to your friends, colleagues, or anybody else.

After you drag and drop and file (or select it through a popup box), you can choose to have the shareable link detonate after 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 20, 50, or 100 downloads, or after 5 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, or 7 days (the default option). They simply receive a link to click and download the file.


The nonprofit behind the popular open-source web browser has its new encrypted self-destructing file-sharing platform, . That means Mozilla doesn't have to hold large files indefinitely, as other file storage services, such as Google Drive or Dropbox, do. Firefox Send features end-to-end encryption, enabling users to send sensitive documents they may otherwise be uncomfortable uploading, such as financial papers or business reports.

Nowadays, just about every file sharing service keeps the users' uploaded files unencrypted, or they may even mine the users' data for information the services could use to target you with more personalized ads. Send also lets you configure auto-expiry settings for the link.

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